On Sunday morning, the world woke up to devastating news-the death of Disney actor Cameron Boyce. The talented, altruistic 20-year-old died in his sleep on Saturday “due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition,” according to a statement made by a family spokesperson.
Boyce was well-known for his role in the Disney franchise Descendants and the Disney Channel television show Jessie.
Co-star Skai Jackson is among many castmates and Hollywood friends that are speaking out and sharing memories of the young star. Jackson has flooded her Instagram account in tribute.
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I don’t even know where to start… I am at a loss for words. I never thought in a million years I would be writing this. Cam, you were one of a kind. My heart will be forever broken. I am so happy that I got to spend almost everyday with you on set, you gave the best hugs. I wish I would have hugged you tighter when I saw you a couple of months ago. Thank you so much for being the big brother I never had… I am so distraught and I cannot stop crying! I love you so much… fly high 👼🏼 💔😢 Gods best Angel . #CameronBoyce
Boyce portrayed Jackson’s older brother, Luke Ross, on the hit Disney series, Jessie. Jessie, a series created by Pamela E. O’Connell, aired on Disney for four seasons from September 2011 to October 2015.
In addition to Jackson, other Jessie castmates shared their tributes to Boyce on their social media accounts as well.
Our “Jessie” family has been devastated by the sad and untimely passing of our beloved Cameron Boyce. He always lit up a room when he entered-he was an extraordinarily talented actor, a selfless advocate with his charity work, and a loyal friend.Our hearts are heavy with sadness.
— Kevin Chamberlin (@kevinchamberlin) July 7, 2019
It was a joy to work with him on JESSIE, as it was with all the wonderful young stars of that beloved show. They were as close as actual brothers and sisters to one another, and still are, and my heart breaks for them today. /4
— Charles Esten (@CharlesEsten) July 7, 2019
Cameron Boyce was born in May of 1999. His paternal grandmother, Jo Ann (Allen) Boyce, made history as one of the Clinton Twelve-the first African-Americans to attend an integrated high school in the south in 1956.
Boyce made his acting debut in 2008 in a music video by Panic! at the Disco, “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed),” where he appeared as the kid version of guitarist Ryan Ross. The young star went on to work on many television and film projects including, Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Mirrors, and most recently, the popular Descendants series. The third installment of Descendants is set to air next month on Aug. 2.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Boyce family. This amazing young man will truly be missed by millions.